Sure, the offseason calendar isn’t a sexy or exciting topic, but for a team in need of a coach and some rebuild it is, nonetheless, important.
I went looking for the MLS calendar a couple of weeks ago and couldn’t find it, but now MLS has finally put it up on their website, so let’s dig in.
Offseason Calendar 2021-2022
Along the way, clubs or the league are required to publicize all the moves.
|Nov 24||Bonafide offers due||Everyone eliminated by this point must submit all their legit offers to players. A date about negotiating contracts and keeping players. Any team eliminated after this must submit their offers within one day of elimination.|
|Nov 30||Option deadline||Everyone eliminated by this point must submit all their option decisions. Any team eliminated after this must submit their offers within one day of elimination.|
|Dec 11||MLS Cup||The big game.|
|Dec 12||Half-Day Trade Window||9 am to 1 pm. End of season roster freeze is lifted. Then at 1 pm the league goes into a blackout and no player moves of any kind are allowed.|
|Dec 13||Release of player lists||MLS publicizes the Free Agent, Waivers, and Re-Entry lists.|
|Dec 14||MLS Expansion Draft||For Charlotte FC.|
|Dec 15||Waiver Draft & Free Agency||Both at 1 pm. Usually, just one or two players get taken in the Waiver Draft.|
|Dec 17||Re-Entry Process, Stage 1||It’s basically a draft and a way for MLS to control /limit player movement. After this passes, negotiations and free-agent signings continue. Players selected who are out of contract must receive a Bonafide offer and a player with an option has it automatically exercised.|
|Dec 23||Re-Entry Process, Stage 2||Same thing but different. If a player is selected, the drafting club will be required to make a genuine offer to the player within seven days.|
|Jan-April?||MLS Primary Transfer Window||In 2021, the MLS transfer window was March to June, but that was with an April season. So expect it to be earlier in 2022.|
|Jan 26?||MLS Camps Open?||This date was 4 weeks before the season last year, but it was an odd year due to the pandemic. Could be as early as Janu 15th if they go 6 weeks.|
|Feb 26||MLS 2022 Starts||Opening Kick.|